Mayor Chris Beutler today announced a change in management for the City's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative. Milo Mumgaard, who has managed the program since it was created in April 2009, has accepted a position as Executive Director of Legal Aid of Nebraska. The new manager is Frank Uhlarik, who has been the Environmental Compliance Administrator for the City Public Works and Utilities Department since December of 2012.
"Cleaner Greener Lincoln has created an environment that supports our commitment to make Lincoln one of the most sustainable cities in the nation," said Mayor Beutler. "The initiative has fostered public-private partnerships, investment, jobs and economic growth while lowering our environmental impact. I look forward to our building on these accomplishments."
Beutler said Cleaner Greener Lincoln accomplishments include millions of dollars in energy cost savings for the City, homeowners and businesses; new solar, wind and landfill gas energy installations; greater public awareness of sustainability issues; and the development of new efficient transportation options, including a "greener" fleet of City vehicles.
Uhlarik has 29 years of experience in environmental management and was the Environmental Project Manager for Alfred Benesch Company before joining the City. In that job, he oversaw the environmental investigation and cleanup of the West Haymarket redevelopment area. The Omaha native has a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of the Mines.
"One of my current focus areas has been to develop an Environmental and Risk Management System (ERMS) within Public Works and Utilities, and I plan to apply the principals and structure of ERMS to Cleaner, Greener Lincoln," Uhlarik said. "I'm excited to take a more active role in sustainability issues and move this important initiative forward."
More information on Cleaner Greener Lincoln is available at green.lincoln.ne.gov.